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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Chico, CA USA
August 21, 2014 5:17 pm
I was sitting on the couch and look at my window and though to myself, “That can’t be a tick.” I’ve been wondering what it is this whole time. Please help me out, and also if it helps for some reason there’s aanother one of these things close by, but its dead and all that left of it is like its shell.
Signature: -Anthony

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Hi Anthony,
This is an invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, a nonnative species that is spreading in North America.

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Subject: Stink bud
Location: Wirtz VA.
August 16, 2014 12:29 pm
Please help me control these bugs at my sisters house in Wirtz VA. What can I do to control and get rid of them…. They came back with me to L.I. Last year and yes they really Stink!!! stillhairymary
Signature: From you daniel

Invisible Stink Bug (or Bud)

Invisible Stink Bug (or Bud)

Dear stillhairymary,
We have carefully inspected the attached image from corner to corner, scrutinizing all points in between, and try as we might, we are unable to find any Stink Bud or Stink Bug for that matter.
  We suspect you may be inquiring about the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Halyomorpha halys, an invasive, introduced species that is becoming a major agricultural pest and general nuisance in much of North America.  We do not provide extermination advice.  You may find some helpful information on the Penn State Entomology site as well as numerous other resources on the internet.

Yes thank you for your answer. That looks like the bug  my sister has. Very stinky if you squish them. They will hide anywhere so they came back to Long Island last fall in my suitcase lining and clothing I had packed up the day before I left.  Love your site, made my day Saturday!!!

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Subject: They are devouring my figs!
Location: San Diego County, CA
August 5, 2014 12:15 pm
Dear Bugman
My young fig tree was going to have a big crop of figs – until these guys arrived! We live on 3 acres in northern San Diego County, CA, mild weather, etc.
I have spent HOURS looking online, but still haven’t found anything quite like them. I don’t think they are Japanese beetles, but that’s as close as I can come. I believe that they attack fruit that has had a bird peck at it, but once that happens, they are voracious.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks for your time,
Signature: Kathy

African Painted Bugs eat Figs!!!

African Painted Bugs eat Figs!!!

Hi Kathy,
When we read your subject line and saw the title of your digital image “BIG beetles”
, we thought for certain we were going to be responding that you have Figeaters, which fly in Southern California in August.  These are not big beetles, but rather, small Stink Bugs, African Painted Bugs, Bagrada hilaris, to be more exact.  We first encounted African Painted Bugs in our own garden in 2009 on kale and collard greens, and we learned at the time that this was a new invasive, exotic species that was just discovered in Southern California.  Several months later we predicted that:  “If there are no known predators, the African Painted Bugs might become a very serious agricultural pest in California.”  Most literature we read indicated that the African Painted Bugs prefer members of the cabbage family, including the kale and collard greens in our garden, but in 2010, we received a report from Arizona that African Painted Bugs were found on figs.  In 2011, the African Painted Bugs made the Los Angeles Times.  You should be able to locate significantly more information on the AFrican Painted Bugs now than we found back in 2009, and we still maintain that this is probably the biggest threat to agriculture in Southern California in recent memory.  African Painted Bugs have also been reported on citrus on the island of Cyprus.  We rid our garden of African Painted Bug by ripping out the kale and collard greens, but sadly, that is not an option with your fig tree.  Good luck with this scourge.

Yikes!
Daniel, I fear that you are dead on in your diagnosis!  My “BIG bugs” tag referred to the size of the photo: I had significantly enlarged it.  Now that I have a name I will do more research.  Thank you soooo much!
Gratefully,
Kathy

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Subject: What kind of beetle is this ?
Location: Victoria, BC Canada.
July 21, 2014 2:45 am
I took a picture and I would like to know what kind of beetle is in the picture?
Signature: Thank you, in advance.

Conchuela Stink Bug Nymphs

Conchuela Stink Bug Nymphs

These are not beetles.  They are immature Conchuela Stink Bugs.

Conchuela Stink Bug Nymphs

Conchuela Stink Bug Nymphs

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Subject: unknown Beetle
Location: San Diego, CA
July 17, 2014 5:37 pm
I found these beetles at the Cabrillo Museum in sand Diego this weekend. Any idea what they are? I’ve searched the internet, and was unable to find a picture of them. Any help would be greatly appreciated
Signature: Debbi Haag

Harlequin Stink Bug Nymphs

Harlequin Stink Bug Nymphs

Hi Debbi,
These pretty critters are not beetles, but rather, they are True Bugs in the suborder Heteroptera.  More specifically, they are immature Harlequin Stink Bugs,
Murgantia histrionica.  Adults have a similar coloration, and they have fully functional wings.  Harlequin Stink Bugs feed on plants in the cabbage family, so they are generally not welcome in the vegetable patch, and locally in California, they are often found feeding on wild mustard which has been introduced and has naturalized in many open spaces in the southland.  For more information on the Harlequin Stink Bug, you can try BugGuide.

Immature Harlequin Stink Bugs

Immature Harlequin Stink Bugs

One of your images depicts an adult with two nymphs.

Adult Harlequin Stink Bug with two nymphs

Adult Harlequin Stink Bug with two nymphs

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Subject: bug hatchlings on fern leaf
Location: SE Ohio
July 4, 2014 5:35 am
A friend posted this and asked what these little critters may be. I haven’t found them anywhere yet. Can you help? Thank you.
Signature: Nonnyfysh

Stink Bug Hatchlings

Stink Bug Hatchlings

Dear Nonnyfysh,
These Stink Bug hatchlings look similar to, but distinctly different from the hatchlings of the invasive, exotic Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.  We would deduce they are likely a native species of Stink Bug.  Immature True Bugs in the suborder Heteroptera can be very difficult to identify to the species level because many nymphs resemble one another and many nymphs change drastically as they transform into adults.

I told my friend they look like Duracell batteries—copper on one end and gray on the other, so they must be Duracell Fern Bugs.  J
It’s a bit disappointing that they are stink bugs.  Anything born that pretty should stay that way!
Thank you so much.    I’ll send him your answer.
Madeline Fisher

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